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Flathead Basin Commission meeting set for September 10

PABLO — Members of the Flathead Basin Commission (FBC) will hold a meeting on September 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tribal Council Chambers, 42487 Complex Blvd.

The morning session of the meeting will focus on FBC and agency updates, including but not limited to:
   • FBC administrative issues;
   • Aquatic Invasive Species management;
   • Flathead Regional Wastewater Management Group Sept. 29 workshop;
   • Columbia Falls Aluminum Plant (CFAC) site assessment; and
   • Transboundary issues.

The afternoon will kick off with a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) update from Jason Gildea, EPA. DEQ representatives will be on hand to answer questions and supplement the EPA status report.

In addition, Larry Peterman will provide a “lessons learned” debriefing related to the Yellowstone oil spill, and its potential applications related to rail safety in the Flathead. The discussion with Peterman will also focus on the recently released U.S. Department of Transportation Draft regulations associated with the transport of crude oil and Burlington Northern’s draft emergency response plan

The afternoon will wrap up with an update on DEQ’s draft pump out regulations, and a preview of two AIS videos produced by the FBC to inform and engage the public on AIS prevention.

The FBC was established by the Montana Legislature in 1983 to “monitor and protect” the water quality of the Flathead River drainage system. All FBC meetings are open to the public; Agenda is subject to change and times are approximate . For more information, contact the FBC at 240-3453.

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